Blood donating Tips

Blood Donating Tips

  • Please have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
  • Please be sure to eat at your regular mealtime and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Please avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
  • You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
  • We recommend that you not take aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for at least 72 hours before you are donating blood.

After Donating Blood

You can resume full activity as long as you feel well. Just avoid lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for at least four or five hours after giving blood. After donating, drink lots of fluids for the next 48 hours.

  • You should rest a bit after the donation and have some refreshments.
  • Please accept the snacks offered to you after the donation, it is vital you have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later.
  • After donation, your blood will be tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV (the AIDS virus), HTLV (Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus), and Syphilis. Then it can be used either as whole blood for one patient or, after separation into components, to help several patients.

Misconception about Donating Blood

  • You wont feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
  • You can resume your normal activities after donating blood, though you are asked to refrain from exercise or heavy weight lifting for twelve hours after donation.
  • Donating blood will not leave you low of blood; in fact you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
  • If you choose to consume alcohol, you can on the next day.
  • While donating blood you will not feel any pain.
  • You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood. This is a common misconception.
  • You will not get AIDS if you donate blood.
  • Patients are just like donors – most of them have common blood types. Because your blood type is common, the demand for that type is greater than for rare types. So, even if your blood type is common there is still a requirement.
  • Blood donors donate blood and do not sell it.
  • You can donate whole blood every 90 days and you can also donate specific life–saving blood components besides whole blood.

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